Thursday, December 17, 2009

AC Transit Delays BRT

By Robert Gammon
Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 2:18 PM

The AC Transit Board of Directors has decided to delay bus rapid transit for an unspecified period in order to reduce planned service cuts. The CoCo Times reports that the agency board made the decision after the Metropolitan Transportation Commission agreed to allow it to transfer $35 million in federal funds earmarked to BRT for regular bus service. The funding move allows AC Transit to cut service by 8.4 percent instead of 15 percent.

But the deal comes with strings attached. In exchange for the funding transfer, AC Transit agreed to partake in an examination of transit redundancies in the East Bay in which bus service mirrors BART service. It’s also unclear how long the funding transfer will delay BRT. The service cuts, however, will take place in March.

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